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WiN Sweden and Germany Seminar in Malmö and Barsebäck NPP

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This year's seminar continued the tradition of meetings between Swedish and German WiNners which has already started in April 2009 in Stockholm: on that time, nearly 15 employees from both Vattenfall Sweden and Germany met for the first time...

Last year, WiN Germany arranged the seminar hosted by VENE and invited WiNners from Sweden and Germany to Hamburg in order to exchange knowledge and experience particularly in the fields of education and mentorship.

This time the seminar took place on September 5th and 6th in Malmö at the E.ON Headquarter followed by a visit to Barsebäck NPP. 35 WiNners followed the invitation...


The seminar focused on decommissioning which is an urgent matter for both German and Swedish nuclear plants and facilities, considering the forthcoming decommissioning of several German NPP and Barsebäck NPP in Sweden.

The seminar started with a presentation about decommissioning and planning of dismantling at Barsebäck NPP followed by lectures of the Swedish waste concept:  So far, all the spent fuel is shipped to and stored in the central interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel CLAB, in Oskarsham. The fuel is stored there in pools of water for about 40 years. After that, it is planned to encapsulate the waste in copper canisters to be ultimately stored in a nuclear fuel repository which is planned to be built in Forsmark.
The German participants were impressed by the public acceptance for the final repository which is the outcome of tremendous communication activities over the last years...

The visit to Barsebäck was focused on networking and discussions as well as the visit of the plant and the highly-valued Infocenter which is visited by about 5.000 people a year. Here, it was possible to learn more about the history of Barsebäck, how nuclear power works, the storing of radioactive waste and also about future electricity production. Barsebäck NPP is always actively seeking for new areas of business activities. Training for maintenance and operations personnel from the country's other NPPs is an important part.

Finally, all of the participants agreed that this kind of event should also continue next year. And WiN Germany would be very proud to host the next issue...

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